Posted August 31, 2016
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases, and help rally support to give kids with cancer better outcomes by supporting groundbreaking research.
During the month of September:
25,000 families around the world will get the horrible news that their child or teen has cancer.
6,667 families will experience the loss of a child.
How Can You Help Raise Awareness This September?
Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support.
Advances in medical science over the past 100 years have led to a dramatic decrease in child mortality in the United States: clean drinking water and improved sanitation, the introduction of antibiotics, and vaccines for most common childhood diseases has made the death of a child in the United States a rarity — something you may hear about on the news, but not something that could happen to you or someone you love. Yet amidst all the amazing miracles of science that have made the death of a child so exceptional, there is one glaring omission: cancer. Childhood cancer remains the number one disease killer of children in the United States today, and the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 4 and 14 after unintended fatal accidents. Yet despite this sobering fact, childhood cancer remains a silent disease: hidden in the shadows of modern hospitals, left behind by modern miracle cures.
Let's unite and be dedicated to fighting this last great disease killer of children. Being engaged in this ongoing struggle will help us all understand the emotional and physical toll childhood cancer takes on its victims and their families.
More children are being diagnosed with cancer today than ever before. Let’s change that!
For more information, questions or to make an appointment for a check-up for your child, call Randolph Health Pediatrics at 336-625-2467. Click here to visit our Practice Webpage.